Training at Sea-Bird University
Sea-Bird Scientific offers regularly scheduled four-day training classes approximately two times per year at an off-site location near our office/factory in Bellevue, Washington (12 miles from downtown Seattle). Through our comprehensive training modules, we teach our customers how to get the most from their instruments. Training consists of operator training on major Sea-Bird products and software, and is hands-on in nature. The curriculum covers profiling instruments, thermosalinographs, and moored instruments, and includes theory and operation, data processing, and maintenance and repair. We encourage you to take advantage of our expertise and participate in our training classes. Our next 4-Day training is scheduled for May 16-19, 2016. Visit Sea-Bird University for more details, or contact Payal Parikh (email@example.com) to enroll for this class.
Tech Tip: Anti-Foulant Devices
An Anti-Foulant Device is an expendable device that is installed on each end of the conductivity cell, so that any water that enters the cell is treated. Anti-Foulant Devices are supplied with moored CTDs, thermosalinographs, drifters, and may be provided with other instruments. Useful life varies, depending on severalfactors. We recommend that customers consider more frequent anti-foulant replacement when high biological activity and strong current flow (greater dilution ofthe anti-foulant concentration) are present.
With the use of anti-foulant devices, moored instruments in high growth and strong dilution environments have been known to obtain a few months of quality data, while drifters that operate in non-photic, less turbid deep ocean environments may achieve years of quality data. Experience may be the strongest determining factor in specific deployment environments. Sea-Bird recommends that you keep track of how long the devices have been deployed, to allow you to purchase and replace the devices when needed. The anti-foulant cartridge does not actually dissolve, so there isn't a practical way to visually determine if the anti-foulant is still effective. Hence, best practice is to replace the devices before each deployment.